In the Heart of the Sea the Nantucket’s Essex Still a Captivating Story

As some of you may have seen, Ron Howard is in post production with his latest film, In the Heart of the Sea. Needless to say I have been teeming with anticipation for the release of this film. When it was first announced in 2013, I was literally on the edge of my seat with excitement. I was in love with this movie and it hadn’t even been halfway through production. My first reasoning, even if it was an utter flop, it stars Chris Hemsworth (my all time swoon material Thor) and Cillian Murphy (who I fell hopelessly in love with back in 2002 for his role in 28 Days Later). But hot pop culture guys aside, why haven’t they made this dramatic historic account into a movie sooner? Either way, it’s about time, and no better time to bring you the In the Heart of the Sea trailer.

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The Background of, In the Heart of the Sea

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To understand In the Heart of the Sea, we have to go back to 1820 when the New England whaling ship Essex was sunk by a giant whale. It was this actual event that inspired the writing of the 1851 American Romantic Classic, Moby-Dick. In May of 2000, American writer Nathaniel Philbrick wrote the historic retelling of the whaling ship, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. Now, rescheduled for December 2015, In the Heart of the Sea comes to be realized in a dramatic, emotional and compelling cinematic retelling of the horrific final voyage of the Essex.

In the Heart of the Sea Ron Howard

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Film Summary

In the fall of 1819, Nantucket’s whaling ship Essex leaves on its final voyage to South America. By November 20, 1820 it was completely destroyed by a mammoth-sized, intelligent sperm whale. In the Heart of the Sea is the dramatic retelling of a true story of survival, death, cannibalism, and the aftermath of its devastation.

In the Heart of the Sea Trailer

Film Locations

Spain’s Canary Island of La Gomera (off the coast of Africa) is the film location for Ron Howard’s new film. It is the second smallest of the Canary Islands.

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La Gomera Island from the sky with Tenerife Island in the background. Photo by Alfonso Aguirre Arbex

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La Gomera Island, photo by Till Krech via Touristmaker

In the Heart of the Sea Cast and Crew

Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later), Directed by Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code), a Warner Brothers movie.

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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